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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 15, 2014

Case Study Examines Penn as Global Model for Leadership in Civic Engagement

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“Effective Governance of a University as an Anchor Institution: University of Pennsylvania as a Case Study,” chronicles the history and evolution of Penn's community engagement.

An interdisciplinary team at the University of Pennsylvania points to a successful local engagement program that Penn has employed during two decades as a model for developing cities and communities that thrive both in the United States and internationally.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 12, 2014

Penn Grad Student Taja Towne Has Sights on Career in International Social Work

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For her field placement, Taja Towne, a student at the School of Social Policy & Practice, is working with the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

For Taja Towne, leaving the familiar comfort of home is part of a bigger plan.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151September 11, 2014

Penn Student Seeks Adventure Through Study Abroad

For University of Pennsylvania senior Olivia Route, some of the most exciting and enriching experiences she’s had as a student have happened while studying abroad.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 12, 2014

Helping Others Is Personal for Penn Social Work Student

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School of Social Policy & Practice student Ashley Blake is working for the Goldring Re-entry Initiative, a program designed to assist incarcerated people transition back into society with the goal of reducing recidivism.

Ashley Blake’s family has gone through a lot.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 6, 2014

Social Policy Researcher at Penn Honored With WOAR’s Bridge of Courage Award

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Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will be honored for her work with an award from Women Organized Against Rape.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 9, 2014

Penn NROTC Student Mary Brass Pushes Herself and Mentors Others to Be Fit

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Midshipman Mary Brass is a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion and is a top performer in the Navy's twice-a-year physical readiness tests.

Midshipman Mary Brass is just as strong as her name sounds.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 9, 2014

Penn Study Finds Genetic Mutations Linked With Ethnic Disparities in Cancer

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In a new study published in the journal BMC Medical Genomics, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania identified more than 30 previously undescribed mutations in important regulatory molecules called microRNAs. Many of these mutations influence whether a person develops cancer or the severity of the disease.

One of the goals of genome sequencing is to identify genetic mutations associated with increased susceptibility to disease. Yet by and large these discoveries have been made in people of European or Asian ancestry, resulting in an incomplete picture of global genetic variation in disease vulnerability.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422September 9, 2014

Penn’s No-loan Financial Aid Program for 2014-15 Backed by Penn’s Largest Financial Aid Budget

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Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds. With 10,300 undergraduates, Penn is the largest school in the nation to offer an all-grant, no-loan financial aid program for undergraduates.

Since it was launched in 2007, the University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant, no-loan financial aid program has provided access to an Ivy League education to 7,475 students from a range of social and economic backgrounds.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 5, 2014

New Clearman Cottage Writer’s Residency Established for Penn Undergraduate

A new University of Pennsylvania writers residency program will offer an undergraduate from Penn’s writing community the time and space to hone his or her craft in the Pacific Northwest for a week during spring break.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820September 4, 2014

Penn Dean John L. Jackson Jr. Takes His Message on the Road

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The new dean of Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, John L. Jackson Jr., will connect with alumni and potential students as he embarks on a coast-to-coast tour.

In the “Future of Social Change” tour, John L. Jackson Jr., new dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will visit 10 cities across the United States, beginning with a launch event Friday, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at the Caster Building, 3701 Locust Walk.